In the western coast of Australia, electricity supply has been disrupted in many cities, along with severe damage due to the cyclone. However, no serious injuries have been reported. Cyclone ‘Seroja’ has passed ahead of Kalbury in Western Australia on Monday. During this time, winds were recorded at 170 kilometers per hour.
Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Services Darren Klemm said about 70 per cent of buildings in the town of Kalbury, 580 kilometers north of Western Australia’s capital Perth, have been affected. About 30 percent of these losses are serious. Many more cities around the coast have also suffered damage.
State-run Western Power has said that power supply has been disrupted in 31,500 houses. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Kalbari and its surroundings have recorded such stormy winds for the first time in more than 50 years. Earlier in 1956, a cyclone struck.
Cyclone ‘Seroja’ has killed 174 people due to floods and landslides in Indonesia and East Timor last week. During this 48 people have been reported missing. Steve Cable, manager of the State Emergency Service at Kalbury in Australia, said that while some parts of the city had suffered more damage, the impact of the cyclone was seen across the city.